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LIB-DEMS LEAFLET PROVOKES NEW TOWER HAMLETS RACISM ROW

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The Liberal Democrats found themselves caught up in another race row last night over a Tower Hamlets party leaflet ...
The Liberal Democrats found themselves caught up in another race row last night over a Tower Hamlets party leaflet depicting an aggressive looking black 'boxer' alongside an article about an elderly woman living on an estate, the Daily Telegraph reports (p4).

The leaflet was condemned by Paddy Ashdown who has launched an investigation into 'Focus' magazine, the Lib Dem campaign leaflet in the borough.

Author of the magazine Tom Winnifrith is reported as saying that the black boxer was meant to portray fighting spirit and represents the Liberal party fighting for those in dire need.

Labour's environment spokesman Jack Straw has written to the Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell, seeking consent to a prosecution under the 1986 Public Order Act.

The paper also reports that councillor Derek Beackon of the British National Party attended his first Tower Hamlets council meeting last night, arriving at a back door. The Labour group boycotted the meeting and the Mayor, councillor John Snooks, declined to welcome Mr Beackon.
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